Like a gamble? York’s Chocolate Story is offering a pretty compelling one to its visitors this Halloween, in the form of the ‘SHOCK-olate challenge’. Designed by the museum’s plainly sadistic head-chocolatier Andrew Thwaite, the challenge will encourage customers to blindly choose a chocolate from an array of horrifying tricks and delightful treats.
What’s on the carte du jour…?
Participants in the ‘SHOCK-olate’ challenge can anticipate with mingled excitement and dread just about the most bizarre range of confections conceivable. This spectrum of sweets is set to range from treats like popping candy and marshmallows to frankly terrifying tricks including whole African mopani worms (the caterpillar of the emperor moth – a creature which the author of this article fears intensely) and super hot chilli that ranks higher on the Scoville scale than a vindaloo.
Reflecting on the whole perverse project, head-choclatier Thwaite stated: “We tried to think of some of the most revolting flavours that people wouldn’t want to eat in their worst nightmares and put them in a chocolate. Now we’re daring people to come down to see if they have the nerve to play SHOCK-olate.” Hopefully you’re feeling brave.
Of course dabbling in the SHOCK-olate challenge isn’t mandatory (though it is certainly encouraged) and the museum will be open as usual for less brave/foolish customers over the Halloween period, with children having the special half-term attraction of some assuredly tasty lolly-making sessions.
York’s Chocolate Story will be hosting the Halloween SHOCK-olate challenge from Saturday 27th October until Sunday 3rd November, with special late night openings from the 31st until the 3rd.
For more information on the museum, ticket prices and opening hours, visit the York’s Chocolate Story website.